he mass shooting on May 14 in Buffalo, New York, was an atrocity. The killer will pay in this life and the next one for his crime. Unfortunately, however, the Democratic Party, led by President Joe Biden and its allies in the corporate media, wasted no time weaponizing the slain victims.
The suspect left behind a 180-page document outlining a schizophrenic worldview. “On the political compass I fall in the mild-moderate authoritarian left category,” he wrote, while expressing qualified support for the “LGB (drop the t)” community. More importantly, it also described the so-called “great replacement,” the idea that, as conservative commentator Michael Knowles put it, “Democrats are using immigration policy to change the demographics of the United States in a way that would seem to help them politically.”
Biden and company latched onto that part of the murderer’s incoherent screed to pin the shooting on their political opponents, from Fox News to the GOP. In essence, Democrats argue that Republicans‘ rhetoric and positions on immigration radicalized the shooter.
But there’s a small problem: Democrats and progressive activists, based on their own rhetoric over the years, subscribe to “replacement theory” more than anyone else. As vice president, Biden himself said that a “constant” and “unrelenting” stream of immigration would reduce Americans of “white European stock” to an “absolute minority,” and that this was “a source of our strength.”
Democrats weren’t always so sanguine about demographic change, though.
Recall that the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) assured concerned Americans that the 1965 Hart-Celler immigration law would “not upset the ethnic mix of our society“—it would not, in other words, result in demographic change. That kind of talk from a Democrat is unimaginable today. It was also, in retrospect, simply incorrect. The Hart-Celler Act, which ended nationality quotas in immigration policy, resulted in an influx of non-European newcomers, encouraged illegal immigration and drove rapid demographic shifts. “The people who moved here after the 1965 act made the United States a truly multicultural nation,” NPR celebrated in 2015.
Obviously, Democrats have changed their tune since Kennedy’s day, abandoning their historic political bloc of white working-class (oftentimes Catholic) voters for the so-called “coalition of the ascendant,” in which immigrants are key. This is not a conspiracy theory; it “happens to be the same demographic argument Ruy Teixiera made in The Emerging Democratic Majority,” as conservative commentator Ben Shapiro noted.